For S. Siva, a student of Velammal Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Mogappair, and a resident of SIDCO Nagar 58th Street, Villivakkam, it was a moment of pride when he won first prize in photography competition held at his school recently to mark World Photography Day. He received a camera worth Rs. 10,000 as the first prize in a contest held for Classes VI to VIII, from Olympic medalists Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt.
He considers this as no ordinary feat. “I want to perform better in competitions like this in future,” says the youngster.
The photograph that got him the first place in the competition ‘Camera Children 2012’ is about a poor man taming a monkey in front of a temple at Ambattur.
Informing on why he chose this man and his pet he says, “It is common for a rich man to take a pet, for he can afford taming it, thanks to his financial ability. Needless to say, it is not an ordinary thing to tame an animal for his money constraints. He has to feed it and has to take care of himself with his meagre earnings. Despite such constraints, this man had ventured ahead to tame the animal, so he and his pet became a subject of my lens.”
He considers his father M. Srinivasan as his source of inspiration.
“He is a professional photographer himself and spared no effort in ensuring that I get the best,” says the young photographer S. Siva.